R227. Navigating Uncertain Terrain: Essayists of Milkweed Editions

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


How do writers use the genres of memoir, personal or lyric essay, and literary nonfiction during times of political, social, ecological, and personal uncertainty? How do they use a form’s facility to include, connect, veer, and go astray to encompass curiosity and apprehension, chaos and clarity, disaster and hope? Five vastly different writers demonstrate how uncertain terrain can lead to unexpected beauty, electric possibility, and some of the most exciting writing within the field today.



Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of six books of poems, most recently Gentlessness, and three collection of prose, including literary reveries on Melville and Keats. His work has been supported by the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations, and he teaches in the MFA program at Colorado State University.

Alex Lemon’s most recent book is The Wish Book. He is the author of Happy: A Memoir and three poetry collections: Mosquito, Hallelujah Blackout, and Fancy Beasts.

Joni Tevis is the author of two books of essays, most recently The World Is on Fire. Her essays have appeared in Orion, Oxford American, Poets & Writers, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. She teaches at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Chris Dombrowski is the author of Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish as well as two acclaimed collections of poems. A second book of nonfiction, The Nature of Wonder, is also forthcoming from Milkweed. A fly-fishing guide, Dombrowski lives in Missoula, Montana.

Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: Essays from America's Disappearing Shore. Her work has appeared in Harper's, Granta, Creative Nonfiction, The New Republic, and others. She teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.


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